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York College biology prof Bridgette Hagerty is first recipient of Presidential Award for Teaching and Mentoring Excellence

September 01, 2017
Bridgette Hagerty

Bridgette Hagerty, associate professor of biology, was chosen as the first recipient of the York College Presidential Award for Teaching and Mentoring Excellence. Created in 2017 by President Pamela Gunter-Smith, the Award acknowledges and honor excellence in teaching and mentoring, which are at the core of the YCP’s mission. The recipient receives a stipend of $1,000 and a plaque for distinguished teaching and mentoring, and also speaks at the winter commencement. 

Award nominations from campus community members are received by a committee, which then forwards its recommendation to the Provost and President. “Bridgette was selected for her excellence in directing student research, creating opportunities for students to present their work, and developing student-centered courses,” said Victor Taylor, chair of the selection committee and professor in the Department of English and Humanities.

A conservation biologist and ecologist, Hagerty earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a doctorate in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She served as a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Biology faculty for two years before coming to York College in 2011.

Hagerty’s research interests include conservation of amphibians and reptiles, movement ecology, population and landscape genetics, and community engagement to address local conservation problems or needs. She mentors students in her conservation biology class who are conducting research about park habitat at York County’s Nixon Park.

“Being a mentor to students as they work to discover their passions and develop as scientists is one of the highlights of being a professor at York College,” said Hagerty. “I enjoy helping students reach their goals, solve problems, analyze data, expand their horizons, and think critically about important issues.”

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